The Chief of the British Army Staff, General Patrick Sandersurged this Tuesday that the United Kingdom prepare for land war, and to this end proposed that a “city army”.
In a speech today in west London, the general said increasing the strength of the army in preparation for a possible conflict should be a “nationwide enterprise”so it is necessary to “train and equip” a “citizen army” that will complement the work of the air and ground forces, says the Daily Mail.
Sanders – who has been an outspoken critic of the military’s understaffing – added: “We need a military that is designed to expand rapidly, empower the first echelon, resource the second echelon, and train and equipping the citizen army to follow. In the next three years, it should be possible to speak of a British Army in 120,000 personnelincreasing our reserve and our strategic reserve”.
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The remarks come after Britain’s Defense Secretary, Grant Shappssaid in a speech last week that we “have moved from a post-war world to a world before the war” and that the United Kingdom must ensure that “the entire defense ecosystem is ready” to protect its homeland, while warning that Britain and its allies must increase military spending.
Sanders’ words were interpreted as a warning that British citizens could call if the I’LL TAKE IT comes into conflict with Russia. Despite General Sanders’ statements, Downing Street responded by denying any recruitment plans and pointing out that the British Army continued its tradition of being a volunteer force. The official spokesman said that the government has no intention of changing that policy and that hypothetical scenarios about possible future conflicts “are not useful.”
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The introduction of a compulsory military service It is the first in more than 60 years and will mark a significant change in British defense policy. However, the Government reiterated its commitment not to reduce the size of the army below 73,000 personnel.
Warnings about the growing threat of Russia and the need to prepare for a possible conflict arose not only in the United Kingdom, but also in other NATO countries. Sweden, which hopes to join the alliance this year, warned its citizens about the possibility of all-out war, while Norway suggested that NATO has “two, maybe three” years to prepare for a last attack by Russian forces. In this context, NATO signed a new contract for the supply of ammunition, and large-scale military exercises, called Strong Defenderto send a deterrent message to Russia.
The debate over military preparedness and the warning of a possible all-out war have created intense scrutiny of the defense policy of NATO member countries at a time when the geopolitical tension In Europe it only grows.
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